Further easing of blockade restrictions in the UK ̵1; which will come this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks, following an increase in coronavirus cases.
Casinos and pelvic alleys will remain closed after Boris Johnson said it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal”.
Face covering will be mandatory in more interiors, such as cinemas.
England’s chief medical officer, Prof. Chris Whitty, warned that the UK could have reached its limits to ease restrictions.
Speaking alongside the prime minister at a special Downing Street conference, Prof Whitty said that “the idea that we can open everything up and keep the virus under control” is wrong.
Asked if it was safe for England schools to reopen fully to all students in the autumn, he said it was a “difficult balancing act” but “we have probably come close to the limit, or limits, of what can be we do towards opening up society “
Speaking at the conference, Mr. Johnson said planned changes to guidelines for those who have been protected during the pandemic and advice to employers will still continue.
The re-thinking to ease the blockade of England follows new restrictions for people in the northern part of England, following an attack on virus cases.
The prime minister said progress in treating the coronavirus continued, with declining daily and weekly deaths, but warned that some European countries were “fighting” to control it. The UK must be ready to “react”, he said.
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Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Friday suggest that the infection rate in England is rising, with around 4,200 new infections a day – up from 3,200 a week ago.
ONS estimates for day-to-day cases – based on a sample of households performing swab tests – are higher than the laboratory-confirmed case figures reported by the Department of Health and Social Welfare (DHSC) because they include asymptomatic people. who would not otherwise have applied for a trial.
Citing ONS figures, Mr Johnson added: “The prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to increase for the first time since May.”
He said with the “crawling numbers” it was time to “squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control”.
He urged people to “follow the rules, wash their hands, cover their faces, keep our distance – and do a test if we have symptoms”, summing up the advice with the slogan: “Hands, face, space, get a proof “.
Another 120 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK according to the latest DHSC figures, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 46,119. Meanwhile, 880 new laboratory-confirmed cases have been recorded.
Cases in England are rising for the first time since May.
Data from the ONS suggests there are about 4,200 new infections a day compared to 3,200 a week ago.
This is not a return to the height of the epidemic on Mars, but it is showing.
Restrdo restriction that we alleviate increases the coronavirus ability to spread, and government scientific advisers have always warned that there was not much room to remove the restriction and still suppress it.
Pushing into infections is a warning that we may have already crossed the blocking threshold.
This is why Boris Johnson has delayed some planned lifting of restrictions in England and face masks will become a more common sight.
The big question remains about schools. If the current rules are leading to an increase in issues, can we open schools as well? If we open schools will we have to close something else?
It is worth noting that all this is happening in July and scientists suspect that the virus will spread even more easily in the winter months.
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Mr Johnson said the planned reopening of the “highest risk settings” on August 1 would be delayed by at least a couple of weeks.
This means that the following will not be able to take place until August 15, at the beginning:
- reopening of casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and close proximity services
- indoor show
pilots of larger gatherings at sports venues and conference centers
- expanding wedding receptions to allow up to 30 people
beauty treatments that involve the face, such as eyelash, eyebrow and hair treatments
Fans took part in the Snooker World Championships when it started on Friday as part of a pilot to test the return of larger crowds to sports venues. Now the tournament will go forward without spectators until at least August 15, which is when the final is scheduled to start.
Wedding sector ‘itching to come back’
Neil White, 51, of Chorley in Lancashire, owns a wedding photography business. Of the 44 weddings he had planned for this year, only three bookings remain. “I think I’m talking about the rest of the wedding industry, as there is a great deal of concern and stress for the future,” he said.
Mr White said that while businesses such as pubs and restaurants have been able to reopen, those in the wedding sector “appear to be brushed under the rug” even though they are “itching to get back to work”.
“If it continues until next year, there are a lot of businesses that will close,” he added.
The British Beauty Council said the changes were “very disappointing for a sector that has already seen delays after the reopening delay”.
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Separately, face masks will be mandatory indoors, where people are likely to come in contact with people they do not know, such as museums and places of worship, from next weekend. They are already in demand in shops, banks, airports and other inland transportation hubs.
The prime minister said the rules for face masks would be applicable in law from August 8th.
However, he said the plan to stop protection for those most affected by the virus would go ahead by Saturday.
This means that around 2.2 million people who were isolated in England during the pandemic could return to work if they could not work from home, as long as their place of work is secure.
The instruction for employers will also change, as planned, from the beginning of August, said Mr. Johnson.
The latest announcement came shortly after new blocking rules were introduced in parts of northern England, including Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire. The rules include banning individual families from meeting each other inside their homes and private gardens.
The changes come as Muslim communities prepare to celebrate Eid this weekend, and almost four weeks after restrictions were eased across England – allowing people to meet indoors for the first time since late March.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the government had made the “right decision” about the new rules for parts of northern England, but urged them to “improve” what he called “extremely poor” communication.
Ministers have said police forces and councils will be given powers to enforce the new rules.
In other key developments:
- Pubs and restaurants in Leicester – which saw the first local blockade in the UK – are set to reopen Monday after a number of restrictions on the city were lifted
- A 14-year-old girl is being treated for a life-threatening illness after being “neglected” by her family during the closure. The Family Division of the High Court has been asked to intervene to take care of the girl
Thousands descended on beaches in Bournemouth, Brighton and Poole, prompting some local councils to warn of daytime attractions to stay away
- Tory MP Craig Whittaker has defended his claim that some Muslims in West Yorkshire are not “taking the pandemic seriously”
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